The Best Frugal Tips For Back To School

Each year when school comes around parents get nervous, anxious and stressed. These emotions arise primarily because of how much money everything costs. There are ways to be frugal and still obtain all that you might need.

Here are some tips to consider before you go back to school shopping:

  1. Clean Out Closets + Thrift Shop Donation: Each year it is essential to go through closets full of clothes. What’s more important is to see which garments still fit and which ones don’t. When you have everything gathered that doesn’t fit, go drop it off at a thrift store and get some cash for it.
  2. Watch Sales: This step seems obvious but, in fact, lots of times stores mark items up for the back to school season. Don’t get caught up in overpaying, really look and price compare. Check out coupons
  3. Say “No”:Every kid is going to want something. That something might be something expensive. The key is to tell them they can get it after all other purchases. Let them know that they have to get the necessities before indulging a little.
  4. Set Budget: Another “duh” moment, but a must. You need to know how much you are going to spend on each kid. Budgeting helps just by being organized. You can take note of what you are going to need and not need, etc. Find a budget book. 
  5. Check Last Year’s Supplies: You can see the supplies that you might have from last year. If you have anything to start with, even something small, you can hold off on them until after the school year begins.
  6. Buy In Increments: Again, if you can watch for good deals and prices, then you can buy materials in increments little by little. Something about buying in increments makes everyone feel better.
  7. Take Notes: Taking notes is critical. This tip is a requirement. You take notes of what you are getting rid of, how much you will get back from thrift stores, budget, what’s on sale, etc. Only use a journal for this so that you can be focused.
  8. Buy Used: When it comes to clothing, it is okay to buy used. Kids grow too quick and are expensive. Second-hand is the best option sometimes until after school starts, and the pricing/clothing might be on sale or discounted.

Fall is just around the corner, If you are in the Cleveland are make sure to attend the annual Halloween Fun at CedarPoint.

Get ready for another great Fall this year, by visiting a bunch of Pumpkin Patches in the Northeast Ohio areas.

Shop smart this back to school season. You will appreciate it later, trust me. It is vital to know how to manage these tips so that you can have a stress-free back to school shopping season.


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Top Six School Must Have’s

I get it, back to school isn’t always fun. From spending money on school supplies to getting back into a new schedule, and so much more. The good news is that you can find a ton of back to school supplies right online, at an amazing price. These are my favorite items that I know many of you can relate to! Happy Shopping.

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  1. Back to School Essentials Supplies Kit Bundle 
  2. Elmer’s All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks
  3. Crayola 24 Count Crayons (6-Pack) 
  4. Back to School Supplies Kit: The Complete Classroom Supply Bundle
  5. Fun Express Back To School Photo Stick Props – 12 Pieces 
  6. First Day of School Chalkboard Stats Sign Back to School Photo Prop Poster – Pink 

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When it comes to back to school gear, the backpack reigns supreme. With so many options and styles, it can be hard to find the best bag out there for your children. From old favorites to new designs, here are our top three backpacks for this year.

JanSport Big Student Backpack

One of eBag’s best-selling student backpacks, the JanSport Big Student Backpack comes in six different colors and patterns. It is made from durable polyester fabric and features a large shape with multiple pockets for storage, a fully padded back panel, and S-curved shoulder straps that make it ultra-comfortable to carry.

Detailed with a front gear pocket with an audio electronics organizer, this backpack includes two spacious main compartments to hold your laptop, books, folders, and other bulky items as well as a side water bottle pocket and a stash pocket on the front to hold small accessories. It is perfect for high school and college students!

Hanna Andersson Discover Backpack

Available in three fun patterns, Hanna Andersson’s heavy-duty packs are built to organize and carry everything kids need. The lightweight-yet-rugged packs that are crafted for kids’ comfort, featuring ergonomic straps are shaped to fit the shoulder better.


UA Favorite Backpack 3.0

It’s called “favorite” for a reason. This backpack from Under Armour is cute, comfortable and ready to take care of business. It’s water-resistant and has more than enough pockets to keep your kids organized. It is also made with tough, durable materials that hold up against daily wear and tear.


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